Veterinary Technology Program - Application Checklist

Admission to the Veterinary Technology program will be granted to students who complete the eligibility requirements below, with priority given to students who complete the requirements by the priority deadline; however, if space allows, students will be accepted after the priority deadline until the program is full. If there are more eligible students than space available at the priority deadline, preference will be given to students with the earliest admission file completion dates. 32 students are accepted each Fall.

Fall Term (August) - Priority deadline is January 31

Eligibility Requirements

Note: In addition to the prerequisite course listed above, students must complete the chemistry requirement of either a high school-level chemistry course of at least one semester or a college-level chemistry course of at least three semester hours before they are eligible to begin Veterinary Technology classes.

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all admissions requirements are documented in the Office of Admissions.

Veterinary Technology Program - Observation Form for Prospective Students

To be completed by the student and signed by the participating Veterinarian or Veterinary Technician.

Student name (print or type): _________________________________________ Date of Birth: _________________________

The purpose of the observation is to expose applicants to a wide-variety of veterinary procedures performed on small and large animals by a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT), Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT), and/or Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT). Applicants are required to complete a minimum of 24 hours of observation in a small animal practice or large animal setting, or a combination of both. Although applicants are encouraged to observe a variety of procedures, they are required to observe eight specific procedures, which are detailed below.

In order to successfully compelte this requirement for admission, applicants must:

  1. Complete a minimum of 24 hours of observation in a small animal practice or a large animal setting, or a combination of both.
  2. Complete the Required Procedures for Observation detailed below, and ensure that the supervising DVM, LVT, RVT, and/or CVT initals and dates each Required Procedure for Observation.
  3. Complete the Observation Log by documenting the times and dates for each observation.
  4. Complete the Observation Details by indicating which procedures they observed and in what setting they observed those procedures in by placing check marks in the appropriate boxes.
  5. Ensure that the supervising DVM, LVT, RVT, and/or CVT completes the DVM, LVT, RVT, and/or CVT Certification section .
  6. Sign and date the Applicant Certification section and submit it to the Office of Admissions.

Required Procedures for Observation

The following procedures are required for observation. Applicants may observe these specific procedures in a small animal practice or a large animal setting, or a combination of both. The supervising DVM, LVT, RVT, or CVT must initial and date next to each observed procedure.

Procedure Required for Observation Supervising DVM, LVT, RVT, or CVT Initials  Date of observation
Prepare fecal specimens/floats    
Urinalysis    
Restraint techniques    
Anesthesia machine operation    
Euthanasia    
Surgical Procedure    
Post-operative care    
Cleaning cages, equipment & clinic    

Observation Details

Applicants are required to document each procedure they observed by placing check marks next to each of the procedures they observed during their 24 hours of observation. It is not required to observe all of the items listed below, however, applicants are encouraged to observe a wide-variety of procedures.

Small Animal Procedures
ITEM ITEM
Obtain patient history   Heartworm tests  
Check temperature/pulse/heart/lungs   Cystocentesis  
Communicate with client   Gram stain  
Collect/prepare fecal specimens/floats   Diff-quick stain  
Analyze fecal specimen for parasites   Taking radiographs  
Express anal glands   Developing radiographs  
IV catheter   Restraint techniques (feline/canine)  
Urinary catheter   Restraint techniques (other animal)  
IV or IM anesthetic   Administer pills  
Anesthesia machine operation   Force-feeding  
Mask animal for anesthetic   Administer subcutaneous fluids  
Intubation   Euthanasia  
Cephalic blood draw   Operate & maintain autoclave  
Jugular blood draw   Apply/remove bandages & splints  
Blood draw-inner/outer rear legs   Therapeutic bathing/basic grooming  
Lab analysis of blood - PCV/TP   Cleaning cages, equipment & clinic  
Blood chemistry machines   Use of clinic software (access records/set app’ts)  
Blood smears   Access client/patient files  
Urinalysis   Misc. paper work, filing & records  
Surgical preparation   Trim nails  
Post-operative care   Spay/neuter  
Routine dental prophylaxis   De-claw  
Large Animal Procedures
ITEM ITEM
Mobile ambulance inventory/cleanup   Collect/examine blood specimens  
Prepare squeeze chutes/head gates   Collect/examine urine specimens  
Restraint techniques   Collect/examine fecal specimens  
Tagging, tattooing, identification   Take/develop radiographs  
External parasite examination   Surgical preparation  
Use of b alling gun   Anesthesia  
Gastric tubing   Embryo transplant  
Drenching   Caesarian section  
Dipping   Post-operative care  
Injections   Euthanasia  
Implanting   Necropsy  
Dehorning   Artificial insemination  
Castration   Pregnancy check  
Dock tails   Semen collection  
Trim hooves      

Observation Log

Applicants are required to document the times and dates of their observation hours using the log below.

Date Time In  Time Out Hours
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
    Total Observation Hours  

DVM, LVT, RVT and/or CVT Certification

This section must be completed by the supervising DVM, LVT, RVT, and/or CVT

By signing below, I hereby certify that the information provided on this form is true and accurate.

Signature(s) of DVM, LVT, RVT, and/or CVT: _______________________________________, __________________________________

Printed Name(s) of DVM, LVT, RVT, and/or CVT: ____________________________________, __________________________________

Name of Clinic or Facility:

Address of Clinic or Facility:

Phone Number of Clinic or Facility:

Applicant Certification

By signing below, I hereby certify that all information on this form is true and correct.

Signature of Student: ______________________________________ Date: ____________________

This form can be found online at www.iwcc.edu/es/admissions/information